Warren was not doing wellfollowing the death of his wife.Even the self-obsessed Pablo, asthe closest friend in terms ofproximity, found himself drawnto try and help.
But after the nth visit to thecemetery, Pablo was bored. Hedecided that mourning was allvery well, but Warren neededto get a grip.
Pablo decided on toughlove. He told Warren he wasdirty, his son was isolated,and he needed to get a grip.And he, Pablo, had theanswer.
Pablo introduced Warren to Teresa Marshall. Hedoesn’t explain how he knows her, only that shewould make the best housekeeper. She would givehim the spare time to sort himself out.
Warren asked Teresa some pretty personalquestions, and some pretty odd ones too.Did it really matter whether or not she dyedher hair, or what her shoe size was?!
But she fell for littleJames in an instant.She would put upwith the grief riddenidiosyncrasies of hisfather to help thislittle guy out.
Warren had tried to put her off, butto no avail. He wasn’t sure if hecould stand another woman in thehouse after Miranda, even it he wasjust paying her to clean and watchJames. His heart was still broken.
So Teresa became aregular fixture in theBailey household, shecooked and cleanedand looked after James.
Over time, Warren becameaccustomed to herpresence as well. Sheworked long hours, eventhough he paid her a flatrate and not by the hour. Itwas almost like she cared.
But she was noMiranda, Warren still clungto the memory of his deadwife. He shouldn’t have dayswhen he forgot to miserable.
But her influence worked. Warren gotcleaned up and began to entertain again.He started small, dinner with friends.
Pablo got stuck into whatWarren was going to donext. Did he want him to findhim a job with his people?Jen gently suggested he try abit of gardening to easehimself back into actuallydoing something every day.
He took Jen’s advice over Pablo’s offer. Hestarted small, just a couple of plants in thegarden. But, they did need plenty of care. Itwas something else to think about.
With something else to think about andspend his time on, Warren was able tomake the time he did spend with James of abetter quality. He was happier, James washappier – and Teresa had even more to do.
In fact, Teresa was becoming a crucial part of hishousehold. One evening, Warren just could not getJames to stop crying. This was unusual given thatsince his birth Warren had been the parent who wasclosest to him and was usually able to help.
Warren decided to callher, even though it washer night off.
In truth, Warren was amazed that Teresacame at all, especially as it seemed shehad been on a night out.
As Teresa took over more and more of the care of James andhousework, Warrens garden grew. He was thinking about making it a payinghobby. But not yet. Miranda’s life insurance meant he could afford to put it offawhile. Plus, it kept his mind off his beautiful housekeeper.
He asked Teresa what shethought of his ambitions, andshe was keen. She thought hewould need to get it a bit biggerthough, even now while hisproduce wasn’t being sold.
To his surprise, she helped him dojust that. Turned out that sheloved a bit of gardening in her everdwindling spare time.
He invited her to share the firstdinner made form the fruits andvegetables of the garden. Sittingthere together, with James asleepand the candle flickering – Warrenrealised he was thinking of her as awoman. And not thinking aboutMiranda at all.
He felt like seeing Teresa, anemployee, in that way was acomplete betrayal ofMiranda’s memory.
He tried not to give hismoments lapse a secondthought, and got on withorganising a party. He felt heowed the Martinez’ somethingfor all the parties they’dthrown, and for all the helpthey’d given him.
He invited a few otherpeople, made it a formal-ishatmosphere and providedthe music and nibbles. Butbeing an accomplished host…he was happy to let hisguests get on with thingsunder Teresa’s watchful andmore attentive eye.
Warrenwas, again, veryimpressed with hishousekeeper. She was– he struggled forwords – somethingspecial.
Teresa is pleased to meet Pabloagain, grateful to have been given thetip off to this job that she now loved. She knew Warren was a better man than Pablo, but she was still surprised by the new suggestion for her future Pablo made that night.
In fact, it made her feel ill. Pablo hadintimated she should cosy up to heremployer romantically. Warren needed anew woman, as he phrased it, and shewould benefit materially. He could makesure Warren was receptive.
All Jen saw was Teresa havinga very spirited conversationwith her husband. She wasjust out of earshot, but itlooked like the youngerwoman was refusing to dosomething quite vehemently.All Jen knew of her was thatshe was once an intern in thesame company as Pablo, butfor whom furtheremployment was rejected.Why she had not continuedwith another company andbecome a domestic workerwas a mystery to her.
Warren was luckily unaware of the subtext of theevening. The guests went home, and he relaxedwith his son and the woman who was now almosta part of the family.
They watched James playin silence. There was avibe between them thathadn’t been there before.They’d been friends for awhile… but both of themhad now separatelyrealised there waspotential for more,without any machinationson her part.
Deasil StreetNo. 1 No. 3Under Offer For SaleNo. 2 No. 5Warren and James Bailey For Sale No. 5 No. 6 Empty Lot Pablo and Jennifer Martinez No. 7 Harry and Ariette Vickers Next Time… Will Teresa stick around now Pablo’s made her job seem seedy? Will Warren admit his feelings to himself? Find out next time on Deasil Street!